Did you know that, according to the National Fire Protection Association, cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries? What’s more, Thanksgiving is the peak day for cooking-related home fires.
So does that mean you’re going to start cooking less? We certainly hope not. At the same time, implementing a few added precautionary measures might just help prevent a fire in your kitchen:
- Stay alert. If you are sleepy, groggy, or are under the influence of alcohol, avoid using the oven or stovetop.
- Do not leave cooking food unattended. Stay in the kitchen while frying, grilling, boiling, sauteing, or broiling food. If you must leave the kitchen, ask a responsible adult to keep an eye on the food during your absence.
- Use a timer when baking or roasting food in the oven to remind you to check on it regularly.
- Keep oven mitts, kitchen towels, wooden utensils, food packaging, or anything else that can catch fire away from the stovetop.
- Keep a lid nearby to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by carefully sliding the lid over the pan, then turn off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.
- In case of an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.
- If you cannot safely fight the fire, leave the house immediately (closing the door behind you to help contain the fire) and call 9-1-1 from a safe location.
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Conway Services.